iOS 8-fuelled iWatch to focus on health and fitness?

iOS 8-fuelled iWatch to focus on health and fitness?In 2013, iOS 7 marked a fairly major design change (as far as Apple stuff goes), taking cues from various jailbreak tweaks (swipe up for toggles, multitasking with preview windows…) and baking them right in.

We’re told that the next version, almost certainly called iOS 8, will put the focus on health and fitness features, with the iWatch in particular likely taking full advantage with its various sensors and that.

That’s the word according to unnamed sources of 9to5mac, sources that have been “briefed on the plans”.

They add that the iWatch, Apple’s first foray into smartwatch territory, is “well into development”.

The health and fitness features, we’re told, will be encompassed within an app called Healthbook. Of course iOS already has Passbook for storing loyalty cards and tickets and stuff. It’s thought that the two icons will complement each other nicely.

Healthbook will supposedly monitor vital signs, including blood pressure, hydration levels, heart rate, and possibly glucose levels, in addition to recording stats such as steps taken, miles walked and calories burned.

Working closely with Apple’s existing Reminders application, Healthbook could also be used to remind people when to take medication.

The iWatch is still very much unofficial at this stage, but it’s almost certainly going to happen later this year, and health and fitness features are surely a given. File this one under ‘Yeah, probably’.

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 3, 2014 at 15:23

Question is, what else could it focus on? Video editing? Ukulele playing?

Stelph  Feb. 4, 2014 at 12:22

Well it would be nice if it could track your writing and annotate your notes to your smartphone, maybe act as a wireless "hands free" interface with the iPhone, hell why not build in one of the IR keyboards into it and then when the iPhone is plugged into a TV then the smartphone can be a remote keyboard/mouse?

Would very much like the features suggested for health tracking, although only if they implement the optical tracking that is becoming more commonplace with basis watches and the like, HR belts are a real pain

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 4, 2014 at 12:39

Well it would be nice if it could track your writing and annotate your notes to your smartphone, maybe act as a wireless "hands free" interface with the iPhone, hell why not build in one of the IR keyboards into it and then when the iPhone is plugged into a TV then the smartphone can be a remote keyboard/mouse?

Would very much like the features suggested for health tracking, although only if they implement the optical tracking that is becoming more commonplace with basis watches and the like, HR belts are a real pain


Yes, all nice applications, but hardly BIG?! There are a million "would be nices" already on amazon and ebay, and in the corner shop down the road...
But maybe I'm wrong? Maybe the fact that I find normal watches pointless makes it impossible for me to see any usefulness in an iWatch? I can go on a run without any need to tweet my time.... And my entertainment set-up doesn't resemble PRISM-Central somewhere in Virginia...

So....

loofer  Feb. 4, 2014 at 18:27

just to surprise us all, iDoubt (see what iDid there) they will call it an iWatch. It still kind of limits the definition to it being a time keeping device with smart features.

iReckon (hehe :p ) they'll call it something like iWrist or iWear (that will probably be reserved for smart glasses in 5 years time)

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 4, 2014 at 18:59

iAgree

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